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but chair maxwell: welcome to lay and use. i am the chair, sophie maxwell, and i am joined by david chiu and later eric mar. madam clerk? clerk somera: please turn off all cell phones. chair maxwell: i believe we do not have other reports today. madam clerk, i number one. clerk somera: mission bay north, blocks n3-n3a. >> what you have before you is a project that is located within mission bay north. i will give you the image so you can see where that is. we're talking about public infrastructure for blocks n3 and n3a, and that includes the sidewalk as well. that is on king and berry and between fourth and fifth, and i will show you an example of the structure. the sidewalk on berry, from property line to property line, street trees, and street lights. the director of public works issued a notice determining that the project was completed and ready for acceptance and intended use. the department of planning has determined that it met the terms of the general plan, in the redevelopment agency determines the acceptance of the appurtenance and that they are consistent with the redevelo
restaurant does not comply with condition 36 under those uses that were stated and would currently not be permitted. want to say i received correspondence today from commissioner miguel. i believe property managers are here to answer questions. they believe it is necessary or desirable for the following reasons. in 1989 a limit on types of foods that were place on the projects to address the concern of neighborhoods over mcdonalds possibly locating in the shopping center. since that time the department developed more effective code regulations that address this concern eliminating the need to regulate food uses in the manner done in condition 36. project would allow greater flexibility to augment the types of restaurant and restaurant tenants in the shopping center to meet the consumers ever-changing tastes. it would replace a formula retail use with another not altering the balance. this concludes my presentation. >> thank you. project sponsor. >> i represent lakeshore plaza. we have a short presentation. we will be able to fit it within the 15 minutes. courtney jones is with cros
what we can do today is move a step in the direction to take a new use, self service restaurant, wine shop in the open space. what i like about the open space is a lot of non-profits right now are drying up and they need venues and space. this is a perfect space. recently an event there was and over 100 people showed up. it was a wonderful event. the city needs to look at adjustments of models, more practical uses during this economic recovery. we are probably going to be in this for about five more years at the least. i don't see any light switch. they own the building. let's grant them the new use, more practical use and thank you. >> thank you. is there additional public comment on this item? >> good afternoon commissioners. we have met with the project sponsor and the ownership group of this particular building. we met with them close to a dozen times, looked at their model and what they have. in north beach there are few places where someone can get self service food. people weigh out their own amounts of food and it is something that is relatively nice. i haven't seen too
at these in-kind arrangements, when we look at the use of in leiu fees or improvements within a neighborhood, we all have mistaken that and that is good that it comes before the planning commission and even though the cac may be neighborhood and happen citywide and people moving into an area perhaps might have certain thing they are interested in and certainly becomes a more attractive area if the in-kind aproouchlts address the whole population of congressman, not just the population that lives in an area and it is important this be vetted as broadly as possible so that would be my feeling on it and we'll see what the other commissioners would say. i wouldn't mind a continuance for overs to have an -- to weigh in on it. >> i think the public park is a good example of the public opinion and to propose to do a public park and what we're talking about now is whether it pays for through the fees and the city built it or whether the developer built it and pay the feeses and there is a difference process about the department does and there are pub hick hearings by d.p.w. or m.t.a. and that engage
, "this is a special power of the commission to be used only when there are exceptional and extraordinary circumstances associated with a proposed project. this is sensitive and must be exercised with the utmost restraint." i hope that this body takes the constraint necessary and it does feel that this is a proper forum to make that decision. i would urge you to move forward with this project. thank you. >> is there further public comment? if not, public comment disclosed. >> the one that actually requested the continuance because i requested information a staff that i never received. usually when a commission requests something and this is not received in time to consider the information before a hearing, then we ask for a continuance. this is not for any other reasons. i am continuing this because i did not receive certain information that was requested. when i receive that information and certain things are terrified or clarified to me, then i think that i should have that. october 14th and i will be ready to hear whether there is four of us or six of us. also, -- it is that simple. if
it in a clean and effective way. >> you come back to us with all of the definitions or when is your next step? >> yeah, we're still -- we're working with the -- with the city attorney on these final weeks to it. and we would be glad to bring those to you as soon as they're ready. >> thank you. all right. thanks. >> should we open the floor to public comment? >> any public comment? okay. >> jenny. i wanted to address -- address commissioner castleman's question about the five cent, whether it was a floor or -- it had to be five. jeremy and i have -- discussed -- discussed making that more clear in the ordinance, that that is just a nor that retailers are welcome to charge more. i wanted to tell you. >> thank you. >> anymore public comments? >> seeing none, public comment closed. >> i don't see changes at all. i think the supervisor's office has done a really good job. >> agree. >> they have integrated the concerns of the small business community well. i think we should just accept it and -- and maybe recommend that they bring changes to the budget and policy, if you want to take a quick look.
with people from their home country but we as much want to use the internet as a tool for people to connect within the local san francisco community. >> i think it's our job as public educators to give them this access and give them this opportunity to see that their efforts are being appreciated beyond their immediate reach. >> you have to blend this idea of community network with computer equipment with training and with support. we can pull all that together, then we've got it. >> it's as much about social and economic justice -- in fact it's more about social and economic justice than just >> i work with the department of environment and we are recycling oil. thank you. we can go into a refinery and we can use it again. they do oil changes and sell it anyway, so now they know when a ticket to a. hal>> to you have something you want to get rid of? >> why throw it away when you can reuse it? >> it can be filtered out and used for other products. >> [speaking spanish] >> it is going to be a good thing for us to take used motor oil from customers. we have a 75-gallon tank that we used and w
and this is an amendment to the code and a hearing that you requested to weigh in on additional planning and land use applications if proposed ordinance would provide for documents of 10 pages or longer and all city departments and city officials should primarily do them by e-document and i'll go over that in a little bit in more detail. this ordinance was sponsored by the supervisor and i would like to introduce his aid to talk about the origin of the ordinance. >> thank annmarie and president miguel and commissioners, on behalf of the commissioner, that was 30 seconds going through my office today on my way here today on planning commission documentation that we dutifully read every page. what the impetus to this particular piece of legislation was is we don't need all the paper. we are happy to receive them electronically and is preferable to receive documentation electronically as it is far easier to search in case we need to review a specific division of the planning document and e.i.r. and a c.u. or whatever it that might come to us. what gave rise to it is the last straw was when we got the, i
been working with a developer on a proposal, financial proposal, used proposal, which would essentially be wrapped up into a term sheet. that would simply describe the basic elements of a project, economic parameters, fundamental terms, basis for negotiating, transaction documents for the company would follow, if the project moves forward as proposed. the project will continue to change through the public review process. this is really just the basic outline. the project -- some of the other reviews that will occur may also change the project because in needs to be analyzed under the environmental review. any mitigation measures, alternatives proposed, will also be analyzed as to their environmental consequences. also, the project will undergo public review during other heightened bulk issues changing in this project. those considerations will come either before the planning commission or board of supervisors, after an environmental review. projects very often change as we go through these processes. that is number 1, what the term sheet is. also, to talk about where we are in the proce
plan is tasked with a certain land use, residential and commercial mix, and the housing element, the planning department did a great job of setting forth a potential that each one of these neighborhoods have, at least according to zoning in the existing store of unused or underutilized sides. the van ness special use district, we're talking about sort of an ability within that zone to create roughly 2300 housing units, so you can see the that would go towards the 7% of the 31,000 units, and i think it is critical as people go into that neighborhood that we hold them to the obligation. i think especially given this 3 to 1 ratio, they really need to be held at the obligation, and i think particularly for significant projects. cpmc has the ability to vastly reshape the character of that neighborhood, and if they do not, i think that impact is going to be even more significant on the neighborhood, so i want to thank the board for bringing this forward, and we want to support this resolution. thank you. >> ,good afternoon, supervisors. i am with an organization. some people were invo
[applause] >> hang you, mayor newsom, and thank you for helping us achieve our 77% landfill that version rate -- thank you, mayor newsom. we need to focus our attention on achieving 0 waste by 2020. to meet our goal, we will need the continued participation of all san franciscans in the mandatory composting and recycling program, making sure that everything possible goes into the blue and green bins, and as little as possible goes into the black. as the mayor pointed out, we sent the smallest amount of material to landfills since we have been keeping records. less than 15% the year before. we are right on track, and if we keep up achieve 0 well in san francisco well before 2020. .9 waste in san francisco well before 2020. we already accomplished this lovely to a degree with bans on hard to recycle products like plastic bagszek]Ñisr and a the. there are actions globally, but change does need to happen at the state and federal level, and that is why san francisco has been supporting extended producer responsibility legislation in sacramento and washington. taxpayers and loca
that used to go in the waste water treatment plant won't, it will go back in the ground water and recharge and can be used for other things. you do that across the city and you could change the way we treat storm water. the amount of money we spent on pumping the water, all that changes. in the waste water improvement this swail, the basin, you could see the storm water runs down the street, it moves over >> there are other government departments we work with. i want to acknowledge doug johnson, the transportation authority under the direction of jose luis. and caltrans, jimmy pan may and hinge cunge. and then the better streets plans guru. and al hearst and lauren worked on it. we worked closely with the h.t.a. on these projects. i see amy here from the office of economic development. a lot of different folks worked together to -- to make these projects happen i want to make sure to acknowledge them. one that i haven't yet mentioned, though it has been referenced, has to do with public art. public works is -- is you know, typically a profession of civil engineers and hard tough stuff, pip
that in mind. >> commissioner clyde? commissioner clyde: i'm wondering if you're in a special use district of any kind or redevelopment area of any kind? >> i don't believe we developed there anymore. >> because the thing that comes up for me commissioners, is -- is the underserved nature of the location. the fact that it doesn't have grocery stores convenient grocery stores, that it does not have convenient. i -- i mean -- >> can i make a correction to that. it does. saveway is right in the area. >> three blocks. >> three blocks away. >> because -- for me public transportation, i mean i can just imagine what it is for an elder person relying on public transportation to take them back and for the across town and something that is within walking distance. >> that will be different, though, once the legislation is enacted in terms of -- of access to -- to a -- you know a pharmaceutical because -- if this legislation is enacted then saferway will no longer be able to sell pharmaceuticals. it would be back to a --, a walgreen's or a -- or a independent drugstore. >> okay, thank you. >> what ab
issue, he does not point out the same when does that he is concerned about us sitting 15 feet away are also visible directly out the front windows of the project site and it is a much more direct view then someone sitting on the roof. and we have a picture here, if you have questions. these are fairly small windows. from that angle, at most one would see a few feet into the window on the the best circumstances because of the steep angle, so there is no significant privacy issue and i don't think there ever will be across the street looking into windows that are also visible from other windows on that same street. therefore, we don't think there is any substantial case made for exceptional or extraordinary circumstances in this case and request the commission, and recognition of that, to decide that no further hearing is necessary and allow this project to proceed. thank you very much. president miguel: thank you. commissioner antonini? commissioner antonini: thank you. this is an example of things that can be gained through the pre application process. as was pointed out by the res
to provide some additional funding. one of these warrants a significant attention from us and respect for the community in the effort that they have made. they have embarked on a very ambitious schedule. they were not aware of any finding work continued planning support and the review of the better neighborhood plan. basically i was assigned to work with the community on that. we are looking to deal with the community in meaningful ways. it is very exciting to me to report with the progress that we have made in the past few weeks. the first is the most important and the planning department is now providing additional staff support to the committee's review of the better neighborhoods plan. through the efforts of supervisor mirkarimi, we received funding to engage with consultants and trying to maintain the traditional cultural integrity. we're still exploring a means to that end. we have request additional funding to two specific projects. we should also direct of reach to those organizations and seniors of a spiritual nature and those kinds of groups that meet regularly. we also rece
be featured on the food network channel, they would come and film a show on us. so that was really a great pat on the back. so i think any neighborhood in this city has the ability to turn around and to go forward such as lush lounge has done and we also have a person here in the room that's been of great assistance to us, chris schulman. about three years ago when he was with the office of the mayor in economic development, he came in and began to bring all of the businesses together. he was like a foot soldier. when you run a business, you don't have time to meet the neighbors and get to know everybody so he was a great ambassador of bringing, i believe, our corridor together. with his help and bar owners coming together, we have on our own, i have a special foot patrol on friday and saturday nights, hired out of our pockets to make sure our streets are safe and clean and there's no trouble. finally, i think the commissioners on this board have a lot to do and in common with what i do as we listen to people talk and talk and talk. so whenever you'd like to move on to another job, bring me yo
that this can be done. one way is that we would add to the types of uses i guess you could call this a mexican restaurant and this would allow this to be approved. we would have to ask mr. washington what the possibilities are. the other way we can do this is to change parts of condition 36 which eliminates the specifications of it having to be pizza parlor, store, a delicatessen, a bakery, sandwich, bar-b-q, candy or nuts. in 1992, motion 11543 added large fast-food but unspecified that it had to be a bakery. that remains as far as i know. perhaps if this specification of the fight -- type of food is unlimited, this could be a type of ethnic restaurant. >> instead of trying to list all the possible uses that could be going into this place, if you are ok with them coming back to amend this previous motion, whenever they come in, they can add whatever they're proposing to whatever is appropriate. >> that might be the simplest. you just add this type. apparently they have done this in the past, restricted the type of food you can have. >> as michael has pointed out, the large restaurant have to
something for us to think about in the future includes how many of these we can put this on if you think about doing this. the city doesn't own transmission lines, but we do have streetlights. that could be a possibility. the city owns some of the lines that go a little out of the city, i believe. that could be another opportunity. also, jason of lafco staff told us to look into a standalone solar program that would be a system connected into the grid. that would be something that would influence this program, because we would have to decide where to put the street lights and where they would go into the grid. lastly, i wanted to mention that do jersey is using a smart red technology for the program, which is something that we might or might not want to use. it's just a question of how we would monitor the system if we were going to use that technology. just to clarify, these type of the installations feed directly into the grid. there needs to be no new transmission lines per anything like that. any questions? the next step, we just want to hear your thoughts about this. we were just as
. you have to clear first. choose any one of them. many of us may not know how to get there. you click on it. you will see a description of the facility, which we are calling an art center. you will see a picture, some of the statistics, and the address. click on the address. this opens up a google map with the location of the facility highlighted. we chose google maps because you can route driving, walking, biking, and public transit. >> if you go back, you will see the class is taking place there, and a link to register for those classes. as sean is navigating to the different sites, our goal was a customer service and communication. we want our website to be easy. we want people to know what is happening in our parks. we want to communicate all of the things that are happening -- when the meetings are, we are doing, when we are doing it, to make it easier for people to know when we are having a meeting and what we are doing. >> i will show you the support to make it easy for all those who donate to our parks. go ahead and scroll down. >> this may surprise you, but this is one of my
and with us about some of the problems, how the bills are going out. one of the problems they had was that they have bills going up. while the bill was corrected, the bottom, and it was correct on the generation line, and there were other places where the bundled rate was still listing their rates and their structure because it was in some other part of the bill. they were not correcting all those things quickly enough. they have been working with the ptuc to get some of these errors corrected. they also have problems with the pg&e customer service center not getting accurate information, such as now that the oft-out time has ended for them, the 60- startup has ended, and one that was calling after the was wondering if they could go back to marin energy authority. they were being told yes, but they were never told there is a three-year waiting time before you can do that. people talked of the things they're doing, because we could make sure those errors are hopefully corrected. so we are keeping track of that. that is the basics of my update. i might need to take the notes down an
they used the speaker from the p a system as part of the design. on the opposite side of the library, we have a large fresco which depicts the academic subjects that were taught at the time. it serves as a foil to the other fresco in the library, we have academic subjects on one side, vocational subjects on the other, and result is the concept of a well-rounded education. additionally, what we plan to do is the academy of hospitality and tourism will be part of, so the students can share with other students, faculty, the neighborhood, and others to come by and what to look to the artwork we have. >> by working with the students, we hope to raise awareness of the collection and foster stewardship. we brought diego rivera to the city. i think the wpa art work is characterized by stylized robustness and a pervasive occupation with a historical. in this panel, we have a depiction of george washington moving west. what is interesting about it is the image of lewis and clark here is in black and white, something that is occurring in the future, painted as though it was in th
. the space is approximately 7400 square feet. of which 4500 are -- 4100 approximately will be used to the proposed event space, photography studio. the remaining space is a dwelling unit which will be maintained on the property. the d.r. request has cited a number of issues, including the use of the space as an event space, noise and parking. the project responser agreed to limit events each month and would limit the courtyard space after 8:00 p.m. to address issues related to the use. noise is being addressed by design elements to minimize sign and an acoustic engineer is looking at options to deal with noise issues. as for parking, parking is not required under the newly adopted controls for the mixed use district. it is a new zone. the site will be served by transilt and bus lines and the t-line. the project is a principally permitted use and the sponsor has been -- has made numerous efforts to address many d.r. requesters concerns. therefore, the department believes there's no exceptional or extraordinary circumstances that warrant the d.r. at this time and would -- would recom
. there will be new paving for the entry road and parking, nightlighting and gates. the purpose it is to use the aquifer water for drinking and treated water from the oceanside waste water plant for irrigation. we would like the people to come. we'd like the people to comment on the e. the i.r. and to turn in written comments. there's more information on our website. we are particularly concerned because the plant is being built above ground in gold epigate park where the master plan says it is supposed to be below grade. we would like to find another location for plant and fit absolutely has to be in the park, we would like different design alternatives so it can be built below grade and we have a lot more information on our website. thank you very much. president buell: thank you. >> lindsey? followed by rachel and followed by jamie. >> good afternoon, commissioners. >> i need you to speak into the mic. >> my name is lindsey. i'm a longtime resident and activist advocate at delores park. i'm here to speak against rec and park's permitting process for the commercial food vendors in our neig
to follow us and talk to them as we bring them to the hall and lead them to the first station. you find they are humbling on both sides. humbling for me. it's a great opportunity to give the folks the respect they deserve and don't get enough of. >> these are the people we step over on the way to our jobs. i was thankful to the mayor. our jobs are about helping people. this is another way for us to give back to our community that treats us very well. i like the way they take you around to get you started. that's nice. they let you go and thoser the different things you need. >> are you with a program, now? >> i was a long time -- >> you want a job search? >> career planning [inaudible]. you are interested in getting into the trades? and that is where they will double check your trading skills you got and put you on a crew and you can do construction work or any kind of construction. >> okay. >> good. are you receiving food stamps? >> no. >> not medical or nothing. >> no. >> we got to get you hooked up. >> this the department of human searchss this is the benefit's section mu
ways. mike. [applause] -- zero ways. mike. >> thank you, and thank you, mayor newsom, for using our site for this announcement. we are pleased to be the city's partner in helping achieve the goals that the city sets forth. some of them have been rather exciting to try to accomplish, but it has been found, and we are going to ensure that this city isw6r;[ñhr the first to ace zero ways, and we are going to do it before 2020. there are a lot of exciting things going on, and we believe it is doable, and we are committed to making sure it happens. in the process, it has been pleasing for us to be able to put people to work doing a very necessary function. i want to introduce mimi chan, who came to us through the jobs now program and has been able to get to work doing something that we did not have the money to do before the programf5b gave us te work -- the money to do the work. >> i love this company. when i first started, i was really excited because i was working for a green company. when i leave, just about work. i bring my work home. i teach my kids about recycling, composting, and
and department of public health, we are using them on the scene when violent crimes appear in the community. they provide resource information as well. the police about his record is something that was brought to san francisco, using members of the community to get the word out. we do have a community assessment and referral center where we refer the youth to the center with information that is needed, including office complaints and asian caucus with nonprofit organizations on knowing the rights for youth. i will speak briefly about the investigation in the apartment. we have a memorandum of understanding that forges the partnership. sexual assault victims, we provide information with child abuse and exploitation, working closely with child protective services. domestic violence, we have a variety of services that we hand out on a daily basis. as a matter of fact we have advocates that work at the hall of justice. right there in the office with us. we have the new visa program that we're working with so that we can extend to people that are victims of crimes. the elder abuse, of course, we
entertainment use in terms of sizes. recognizing the difference between your coffee shoppach versus your potential nightclub. i think i can accurate reflect your comments in any letter. >> you about i do want to state that in the definition of "other entertainment," i'm not sure that a coffee shoppach is -- well, i think i want to hear more of a definition. i would prefer not to write the definition with the definition of a coffee shop but more of the type of entertainment. it could be different venues that want the same type of entertainment and not a specific type of business. >> i would like to address it in terms of levels of intensity of use rather than by where it is going to be. >> and could that be by capacity? >> i think i would be more comfortable leaving it just as what type, decibel levels or things like that. i could still see a situation -- i don't know, a restaurant is fairly large but wanted to have a little bit of music in a large area. i don't want to tie it to square footage. >> commissioners, if you could just point out, this ordinance, while it references 790.38 in t
to use it within a specified window of time. with the small staff having hours monday through friday, 8:00 to 5:00, those are staffed by -- one of those individuals would be off or be sick, as it is dealt, -- as it is now, there is some minor difficulty in terms of being able to have somebody being able to attend to that counter the full time that it is open. what we have done to try to deal with the furlough days -- the floating holidays, on fridays, the assistant center is open for appointment only, and the tax and treasurer's office is closed in room 110 -- is closing room 110 the wednesday before thanksgiving and the week between christmas and new year's. we will be open for appointments only because those doors will be locked. as a means of trying to manage workflow and accommodating for the 12 floating holidays. we have made an announcement in the september bulletin, and it is noted on the web site as well. >> that concludes my report. >> item number 19, the president's report. president riley: basically, i attended the meeting with the committee, and it was commissioner kasselman
deliberativeness and her desire to make sure we doesn't forget vision visitation valley. she reminded us what 457ped and the impact on the naked and the commercial corridor, et cetera. here we are, not only celebrating her vision and leadership and celebrating this occasion with all of these lights and the 60-plus trees and the new curb cuts and all of the new landscaping that has been done and this great piece of public art which we'll talk about in a moment. the naked market place initiative that we incorporated in this, and we got facade improvement hoops and enbe couraged businesss to come down to the vague capt storefronts. we'll also soon celebrate 1250 units of new housing. 10s of thousands of square feet of retail. a new grocery store. yes. finally. down here. that will be put in to the old site. the new open space, that will connect that great third street height rail and all of the streetscape improvements that we see that -- that separate the two sites. i just think this is the beginning of a renaissance down here. and i'm just grateful for all of the help for the stewardship and here
that point. it is important for us to have a thorough vetting of potential bidders. we want to elicit the best, the brightest, and hopefully the most advantageous it economically to san francisco. at the same time, based on the first exercise, a lot has been learned. what she is speaking to signals to us that sounds like we need to be mindful of what is happening in the industry right now. do you agree that we should potentially adjust our screening here and allow others that might interpret rigidities or what ever protocol is to maybe think twice in give them a reason to participate? >> i don't have a recommendation one way or the other, but i can go through what is in ithe rfp. we did hear that type of feedback before we issued it and maybe there is other feedback to hear about firms. we discussed this before the original, there aren't a lot of firms that do all of those things. we did hear after the issues related to the last ballot were resolved, there were concerns raised by this body about making things a lot looser like we did it the first rfp. we wanted to make sure we could g
department, i like it better than internet use. i look at the materials on hand and see what pages i want conpies of and if i want the whole document, i request the whole document and there is a cost no more than one cent per page and planning still charges 10 cents per page. no more than one cent per page unless there's been a careful analysis done of the cost of rotation, ink, paper, the city gets paper very cheaply. the city doesn't pay for electricity. the city gets ink cheaply because they buy in volume. it is really important to have all of this material available and at the very least it should be available in the public file which is at planning department. it has not even been available in public file when the huge amount of materials came out for eastern neighborhoods, i had because it was not in public file for me to access and copy, i had to call ken rich and -- [bell ringing] >> and he got very aggravated and told me he would make it very hard for me to -- president miguel: thank you. view view this should not be done. thank you. president miguel: is there further publ
for every conceivable walk of life. and i truly believe that people look to us to see that it is possible to live together through all of these differences. they know that there is something special and magical about this city and this region. and that is why we are here. that is why i am here. and i am grateful that you are here. i am grateful for the extraordinary contribution of the people from mexico and central america. i think that this is interesting and appropriate to notice that san francisco county has the distinction as it relates to the latino community that is unique among the 58 counties. we have more latino representatives. -- >> this is not the case with the other counties. we have these in el salvador and nicaragua, as well as mexico. not everybody understands this and we are celebrating this remarkable collection. the city of san francisco took the lead as the city of refuge after the civil wars in the 1980's. we established, firmly, the foundation that marks so much of what makes this city a special place. it is mocked by those who do not understand and who did not want
-- this program gave us a real opportunity to look at what it would be like if we expanded a program city why did. -- city-wide. currently, many of the officials are native speakers and they are from the population. they are familiar with local neighborhoods. almost everyone on my staff is a city resident. definitely, all of the ambassadors are residents. also, staff is also completing city certification. we plan to have all of our personnel, even the new, incoming interpreters and translators, and the state certified by december 2011. it is an ambitious process. even the state of california does not even have a good, comprehensive list of what the certified. part of our job is figuring out what that means when you are culturally and linguistically competent. what are the metrics for that? you cannot just have a certificate that says that you ÷ñsrare here by train. there needs to be a standard. finally, i would close with what we see as some of the service gaps. just some examples of what our office and staff hasctjátú through. in terms of victim services, we have quite a few of public- serv
and the mayor's office for inviting us here. the consul general would like to continue our very good relationship working together in the bay area. i'll have a couple of words for the community. [speaking spanish] [applause] >> i already -- i don't need to translate it. >> guatemala? [applause] >> first of all, i want to mention that i am not the ambassador, because he has been detained for the work that we do for the temporary protection status with the people of guatemala. i want to thank the city for this wonderful work that they have done for the immigrants, and we celebrate this 15th of september with our sister countries, and also with mexico. and again, we would like to thank the city of san francisco. thank you. [speaking spanish] >> mexico. >> thank you very much. we're very proud to be here today, on the celebration of the bicentennial. and the continuation of the mexican revolution. these are very important days for mexico and mexicans. and in northern california, this is a special meaning. we have contributed to build this great state. and i think that one more important
wrote your dissertation? >> i worked primarily with karen chapel. >> thank you. please let us know if there is anything we can do to help with the recommendations you have. and you come back and give us an update on some of your progress. >> i will. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. public comment? seeing none, it is closed. next item, please. >> commissioners, item number 15, director's report. >> commissioners, i need to make a correction to last month's report on the numbers for the small business assistance center. i had reported that our july numbers -- we were down from last year, but what that happened as we went back and took a closer look at it was that we had interns last summer, and they back filled some of the case reports that we had when we first opened the small business assistance center, and we were not using sales force. so they were data entering it. somehow those got in under the july numbers. that is why it was higher. but we did go back and took a look at the full year from 2010 to 2009 and we are actually up 18% in the number of business counseling
. please use the speaker cards in front of you to the rail on your left. supervisor chiu: please call item no. 1. >> item number one, hearing to review the city's provision and coordination of services to victims of crime, to: (1) what support and services do city departments currently provide crime victims?; (2) how do various departments that interface with crime victims coordinate their activities?; (3) what are the gaps in the system that need to address, and what coordination needs to occur?; and (4) how can victim services be best provided in a culturally competent manner? supervisor chiu: thank you. colleagues, this is an item i have asked for the committee to consider, along with supervisor maxwell, stemming from my experience as a criminal prosecutor years ago. highly publicized incidents in the southeast part of the city, my office worked with a number of crime victims and we heard many stories that pointed to shortcomings and gaps in how our city held to address crime victims'. i have asked a number of city apartments to meet with my office and through that meeting we have reali
that you do and for keeping us honest, for making us think about it, for letting folks know we do have people like you that are watching and going over things. again, thank you for your work. thank you for all you have done today. this work is extremely important. again, thank you very much. chairperson mar: thank you also to the staff that spent hours, and hours responding to the civil grand jury. we have adopted these findings and recommendations. is there a motion that we can close the file? >> what action will be taken on item 1? supervisor chu: i will make a motion to file item one and to send item to forward with the incorporated changes. chairperson mar: without objection. are there any other items to be forwarded? >> no. there are not any. chairperson mar: thank you. the meeting is adjourned. tape 55 >> welcome, this is carl. >> great to meet you. >> great to me you, and i want to thank you for your interest and this is the city's animal shelter. and come in and a lot of people come here to adopt a animal or if they have lost their animal or looking for other animals. and we de
be achieving and it's not yet calendared for land use committee but it will be. >> thank you. any questions? >> i just want to make a comment that really appreciated your presentation to our policy and legislative committee, and we had a really good chance to look over everything and i think the changes are huge improvements, especially the one about the ownership requirements, to make it more realistic about how complex some businesses are in terms of who owns how many percent of the business. so i think you did a really good job on this. commissioner riley: i was playing catch-up a little bit. commissioner o'brien. commissioner o'brien: is the aim to open it up to businesses? >> it's bumping it up, because some of our contracts, it was $100,000 before, and -- and the idea is that, especially for smaller businesses, it's a lot harder and more burdensome for them to undergo the whole contracting process so if you raise the threshold, you allow for more informal contracts and it helps the smaller firms to be more competitive. commissioner o'brien: okay. >> it streamlines the process, as well
or points, let's open this up to public comment. we have our public defender, jeff, with us. >> thank you very much, supervisors. i am here as a private citizen, not just a public defender. if i was watching this on tv, i would either be confused or think there is no problem at all and everything was fine. there are two interpretations. you have the grand jury that studied this issue over two years and has indicated that our city is in huge trouble, describing it as a tsunami, or you have the presentation that you just heard the saying that we're doing everything we can and everything is fine. you have two very opposite conclusions that have been drawn here. which is it true? i can say that i have met with the controller's office again. the numbers are not five years from now but right now. how much are we spending on retirees' pensions and health benefits for city employees? we are spending approximatelyçó$ 829 million. the city comptroller, whose opinion i trust because it is his job to provide independent analysis, says this number will go up by double in the next five years. double.
is limited by the key and also by the guide. we do use -- so we're not making a lot of racket, we use ear buds and these little radios association the whole narration is done to each person and there's no speakers blaring. we put bells on the segway, so when we come up behind people, we can alert them to our presence. we look forward to our operation, and i want to invite the community to come out and we'll be doing a lot of outreach in the next few weeks, to make sure everyone has a say in this. >> good afternoon. since the late 2009 we have been concerned about the placement of vendors in the music concourse. we do appreciate a rec and park means a hot dog stand behind the band show. last year when the segway rental booth was first proposed, we expressed our concern about this plan and its impact on historic context to the area and we requested a long-term plan for the area. other food vendors have been added and a bicycle rental stand is also considered. we understand the need to earn income to support the department, but there are two issues. first of all, the music concourse is a cit
-- and -- the amount of -- of floors, of -- are questionable because according to the space that is used on each floor, if you actually talking about a fourth floor, for a house that is labeled as a second story residence, it was -- it is a house that was built and designed in 1869 according to -- to insurance records. to only support two stories, and -- mr. montgomery the current owner, the one that built it -- portrayed himself as the contractor but he never been licensed, so -- it is an issue because -- this addition never wept through structural review. it has never gone through -- it is inadequately supported by two by four exterior walls. it is a safety issue, the rope we know is because our house is a twin house to number five. there's never been mumming or heck cal inspections. you could actually hear the toilets, every time someone flushes the toilet on the fourth floor, the top floor, you could actually hear it. it is that loud. there's never been any plumbing or electrical inspections. the addition has 10 windows and three sky lights. the proposed. this addition, the permit application prop
, those who have been painting for years, some conservative errors from the getty. to have them tell us about the works of their school was important. it represents african-american artists to during the 20's and 30's used an incredible body of work. it is one of the most incredible works of art in the city, bar none. it is a huge mural of incredible works. >> the san francisco civic arts collection has been in existence since the turn of the century. it consists of everything from monument to golden gate park to market street, other works in the collection, from the wpa era, the quite tower, the works from the george washington high school. we have the contemporary education, where they depict some of the vocational arts that were taught at george washington high school. what is interesting is the artist's and corp. of some of the -- incorporation of some of the architectural elements. they used the speaker from the p a system as part of the design. on the opposite side of the library, we have a large fresco which depicts the academic subjects that were taught at the time. it serves as
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